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Blues 101 Before Sunrise

by Bill Sims Jr.

Genre: Blues: Delta Style
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1. See See Rider
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2. Trouble in Mind
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3. Last Fair Deal
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4. Hard Times
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5. Standing at the Judgement
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6. Back Door Man
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7. Where You Going Johnny?
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8. Big Legged Woman
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9. I Wonder When I’ll Be Called a Man
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10. My Captain
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11. It Must Have Been the Devil
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12. Hoochie Coochie Man
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13. Going Down to Louisiana
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14. Go Down Ana
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15. Hair Shorter Than Mine
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16. Get out of Here
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Album Notes
Bill Sims Jr.
Blues 101 Before Sunrise

Guitar & Vocals- Bill Sims
Harmonica-"Get Lost Jimmy” Recchione

produced & recorded by-Jeff Levine
executive producer - Scott Steinetz

recorded at Variety Recording Studios, NYC September 30, 1991
edited at Quad Recording Studios, NYC
digitally transferred and mastered at Organic Sounds, Long Branch, NJ
Artwork- Jimmy Recchione
original Design - Rick Gilbert & Evelyn Cooper

Organic Recordings administrators: Rubén E Medina, Joshua Moore

thanks to: Scott Steinetz, Rick Gilbert, Jane Sudler-Black
The creator for life; my Mother & Father for the music in my life; my wife Karen for constant support (I know it hasn’t been easy); Jeff Levine, Rick Gilbert & Scott Steinetz, It’s a beautiful thing when someone besides your family; Elan & Terra Blues for giving me a place to play the music I love; Melissa, the best audience I’ve ever had. And I would like to thank all the men and women who came before me, playing the blues.
Bill Sims Jr.; Leonard Korobkin esq; Hernan Vargas; Jose Gallegos; Joe Cyr (rip) ;
The staff at Variety Studios; Brian Murphy; David La Voie
and WATD-FM for a great title that needed to be changed due to Eric Clapton’s later release
Released by ORGANIC RECORDINGS (or-cd 103)
and manufactured in the USA.
all Rights Reserved Unauthorized Duplication is a violation of applicable laws.
© 2016 Organic Recordings
Originally printed on cassette for promotion use only.
©1993 Jeff Levine

About Bill Sims Jr.

Born into and raised by a sharecropping family in rural Georgia, vocalist and multi- instrumentalist Bill Sims Jr. is an internationally respected master of the blues. He began playing piano at age four and by fourteen he was playing professionally in a rhythm and blues group. A Warner Bros. recording artist, Mr. Sims is also an accomplished musical director and has lent his talents to many theater and film productions in New York and the United States. His film credits include Lackawanna Blues, Miss Ruby's House, American Gangster, and the recent Cadillac Records. He was also the subject of a critically acclaimed PBS documentary, An American Love Story, in 1999. Mr Sims currently lives in NYC where he mentors a new generation of blues and roots musicians.

a memoir from the producer:
Like an eclipse, an artist like Bill Sims Jr. comes around once in a Blues Moon!
As a musician, I was lucky to have had the privilege to perform with some of the “Blues Greats” including; Willie Dixon; John Lee Hooker; Howlin’ Wolf; Ruth Brown; Paul Butterfield; Stevie Ray Vaughn; Hubert Sumlin and Joe Louis Walker and shared the stage countless times alongside the late great B.B.King. In the Fall of 1990 when I first saw Bill Sims Jr. perform in Greenwich Village, NY, I immediately felt he possessed a soulfulness in the same league as these legendary bluesmen. I was thrilled to hear Bill doing his traditional, honest approach to the music that stabs me right in the heart!
I remember thinking - HE’S THE REAL DEAL!
Between songs I motioned to Bill to see if I could “sit in” on piano and he gave me an assuring nod. After that set, I knew I wanted to get involved with Bill’s music.
This album features a 15 song collection of pure Delta Blues that pays homage to the great Legends with renditions of some of their best classics. Also included is a song penned by Sims - “Where You Going Johnny?”
Supported by the talent of “Get lost Jimmy” Recchione on harmonica, this performance was captured live in the studio straight to 2 track Stereo on September 30, 1991 and finally mastered April, 2016.

I am proud that Organic Recordings is finally releasing and presenting Bill Sims Jr. in this blue mood. If you can, It’s best to start listening exactly 1hour and one minute before sunrise. If you listen the whole way though, you will definitely pass blues university course 101 when the sun rises because you will then know, like the Legends, Bill Sims Jr. is the real thing!
- Jeff Levine

p.s. Since that time I’ve also been lucky to share a 25+ years friendship with Bill and his wonderful family! Be sure to see Bill’s links to know the growth of his solo career and with his Grammy nominated current band; The Heritage Blues Orchestra featuring his daughter Chaney Sims on vocals.



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